Popcorn ceiling repair is a messy job even done perfectly. Here are some great tips and ideas so you could tackle this project all by yourself.
Popcorn ceiling repair is something that a homeowner could do all by themselves. You need to follow these guidelines and your ceiling will last until the next leak gets you.
Most ceiling repairs that have popcorn on them originate from a water leak...either from the roof, a tub, shower or commode. When the ceiling is dry you're ready to begin the repair.
Cover your walls and flooring so they don't get anything on them from this work. You can fold everything up and into the trashbag when finished saving you loads of cleanup time.
The first thing to know is how to remove popcorn ceiling texture. This short video will show you how.
The key to easy removal is getting the ceiling wet enough and letting it saturate long enough before the scraping begins. Notice on this video the technique the fellow has in scraping the ceiling, then I want to point out a very important no-no in popcorn ceiling repair.
Did you notice the ceiling underneath the texture had never been painted? You want to paint a ceiling before texturing it. This allows for a better bond giving the texture better adhesion to the wallboard. It will be harder for the texture to come off this way but your ceiling will get a longer life.
At this point, you have the texture off and you're ready for a patch or a new ceiling. There are several ways to repair a popcorn ceiling.
One is with texture in a pressurized can. The fellow in this video thinks this is a piece of cake. Don't hire or get help from friends like this.
How NOT to Repair a Popcorn Ceiling
Right idea wrong technique and method. This is not how I would repair a popcorn ceiling but this next method with a pressurized can is almost believable.
I have tried the pressurized can method and did not have good results. You may have a patch where rolling the texture on will do a good job. This way is harder to make the repair look uniform.
The last way of repairing popcorn ceilings is my method of choice. I make sure the ceiling has been painted. I then mix my texture in paint, not water. I shoot the texture from a hopper with my air compressor regulated to 30 pounds. This gives me the results I'm after.
Cover your area properly to protect it.
Wet the area to be removed, then scrape in one direction trying not to tear the ceiling.
Prime the area to be repaired.
Apply popcorn texture in your chosen method.
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